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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 7, 2007 7:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lyrical flubs--Deal breaker or no big Deal?

Yes, I've made many of these arguments myself in defending the Dead from those who would say "how can you tolerate a professional band forgetting the words to their own songs?", etc...

I'd say, yes, but they have hundreds of songs to choose from, play them spontaneously at a moments' notice within each show, play them differently each time....while YOUR band plays 15 songs, pre-chosen, rehearsed til the point that they might as well be pre-recorded and played off a CD player, they have maybe 50 songs in total to choose from, rarely dip into older material when they're touring for a new album, and any band member who dares to stray during the performance of a somg will be killed on the spot backstage during the break.

I realy agree with al you say about what we got from the Dead in exchange for the occassional mistake...I guess what's frustrating these days, is without the benefit of being there live, soaking in the energy and atmosphere of the crowd, getting lost in THE MOMENT, etc., now i'm scrutinzing the tapes more, listening in my car or stereo at home, and without those other mitigating factprs the warts become more glaring....really, I guess what it amounts to is I miss seeing my favorite band live...and these shows were never meant to be listened to as "polished" examples of live performances...they are moments in time, and at those moments, they were the purest expression I can imagine of the freedom of musical inspiration and passion.

Guess i'm surprised too by the passionate response this thread generated! Lots of opinions on how important it was to get those words right!

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 7, 2007 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lyrical flubs--Deal breaker or no big Deal?

excellent summation Grendel! (and funny as all hell to boot)

has anyone ever noticed how Jer almost never screws up the lyrics to Chinacat? i've come across a few where he does slip, but it is interesting that what you would think would be a real tongue twister more often than not survives, where even the simplest of lyrics of other songs crash and burn

...and i still wouldn't have it any other way

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 7, 2007 1:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lyrical flubs--Deal breaker or no big Deal?

Yes, that IS something....likewise, he usually nails all the lyrics to T-JED, even tho' there are many different words and the music is virtually the same all the way thru....i would think that would make it much harder....yet he can't remember the relatively simple batch of words to "help on the way", or the simple 3 verses (sometimes just 2!) that he needed to remember for FIRE on the Mountain! Weird, but go figure.

Hey, nice call on that "To Lay me Down" from Rochester, btw...DL'd it and it's a keeper. Beautiful tune. (and Jer remembers all the words in this version ;-)

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 7, 2007 2:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lyrical flubs--Deal breaker or no big Deal?

To Lay Me Down is a good example of the way he changed lyrics on the fly (by chance or design?)